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How the Broadcast Networks Spun the Shutdown Obama’s Way

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Post  fshnski Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:31 pm

For millions of Americans, big political contests such as presidential elections and pivotal congressional hearings are still largely witnessed through the lens of ABC’s, CBS’s and NBC’s evening newscasts. According to Nielsen Research, more than 20 million viewers tuned in over the past two weeks for the Big Three’s take on the shutdown drama.

What those viewers heard, according to a just-completed Media Research Center study, was a version of the shutdown story that could easily have emanated from Barack Obama’s own White House.

The broadcast networks invariably blamed Republicans for the impasse; spotlighted dozens of examples of how Americans were being victimized; and ran scores of soundbites from furloughed federal workers and others harmed by the shutdown — even as they ignored examples of how the Obama administration and Senate Democrats were working to make the shutdown as painful as possible.

Blaming Republicans. MRC analysts reviewed each broadcast network evening newscast from the first day of the shutdown (October 1) through the last night before a deal was announced (October 15). Of the 124 full stories and brief items about the shutdown or the pending debt ceiling deadline, 41 blamed Republicans or conservatives for the impasse, 17 blamed both sides, and none specifically blamed Democrats.

This is an acceleration of the same trend the MRC documented during the two weeks prior to the actual start of the shutdown (September 17 through September 30), when those same broadcasts ran 21 stories blaming Republicans, four blaming both sides, and none blaming Democrats.

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/rich-noyes/2013/10/17/mrc-study-how-broadcast-networks-spun-shutdown-obama-s-way#ixzz2hzuKBm7Q

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Post  News Hawk Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:43 pm

CBS Radio News was definitely on the same "Talking Points" as the National-Socialists.

Worse, they interviewed several Park Rangers, and none spoke without a foreign accent!

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